Bloom springs into life

The Jewish Chronicle - - Sport -

LM LIONS ALEXAN­DRA PARK 2 1

TWO goals from Josh Bloom kept London Mac­cabi Lions Un­der 18s on course for a league and two-cup tre­ble af­ter they came from be­hind to beat Alexan­dra Park to reach the final of the Wat­ford Friendly League Chal­lenge Cup.

Chances were few and far be­tween in a match played in per­fect con­di­tions at Row­ley Lane, with Lions cen­tral mid­field­ers of Char­lie Ru­bin and David Nezri show­ing great in­dus­try.

Alexan­dra Park forged ahead from the penalty spot 10 min­utes into the sec­ond half, but with Benji Wein­berger be­com­ing a more in­flu­en­tial fig­ure, the Lions claimed a de­served equaliser. Wein­berger fed Bloom who pro­duced a com­posed fin­ish.

Jor­dan Marks was a con­stant threat down the left and his at­tack­ing play pro­duced a num­ber of chances as the half wore on. The de­ci­sive mo­ment saw Marks end a mazy run with a su­perb cross for Bloom to nip in front of the keeper and con­vert.

Hav­ing reached their sec­ond cup final this sea­son, Lions will play Lev­er­stock Green at Har­vesters FC in St Al­bans on May 13.

Lions joint-man­ager Nicky Bloom, who runs the team with Andy Lan­des­burg, said: “It was a sim­ply phe­nom­e­nal per­for­mance from the boys. They came from be­hind against very tough and de­ter­mined op­po­si­tion to make it through to the final.

“The ef­fort and com­mit­ment was im­mense,” he said, “and the cul­mi­na­tion of both a sea­son’s and 11 years worth of work from the man­age­ment team.”

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